Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Apricots
Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 543
- Fat: 35g
- Saturated fat: 9g
- Protein: 42g
- Carbohydrate: 17g
- Fiber: 2g
- Cholesterol: 146mg
- Sodium: 905mg
- 1 chicken, 3 1/2 to 4 lb., cut into 8 pieces
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Small pinch saffron threads, crumbled and dissolved in broth, optional
- 10 to 12 dried apricots, halved or quartered if large
- 1 cup pitted green olives, halved
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, optional
- 1. Rinse chicken with cool water and pat dry. Combine flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a shallow bowl. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour, shaking off excess.
- 2. Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When foam subsides, cook chicken, turning often, until golden brown, about 10 minutes (work in batches if necessary). Transfer to a slow cooker. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. of fat from skillet.
- 3. Add onion to skillet and cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. (If pan begins to scorch, add some of the broth and continue stirring.) Add garlic; sauté 1 minute longer. Stir in paprika, cumin and cinnamon and stir until fragrant, about 15 seconds (mixture will be dry). Pour in broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring to pick up any browned bits. Boil until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Pour mixture over chicken in slow cooker.
- 4. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours. About 1 hour before chicken is done, scatter apricots and olives over chicken and sprinkle with lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
- 5. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and spoon pan juices with apricots and olives over and around chicken. Sprinkle with almonds. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve.
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